Cross Cultural Collaborations
Currently, I'm engaged in a collaborative project with an educator from the US. Basically, we are getting students from a number of schools in the US and Australia to collaborate with each other.
I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the project thus far, identifying what has worked well and what has been disappointing.
The project is currently up to the second stage, although that makes it sound like it is much better organised than it was - it has kind of developed organically, rather than following a strict plan. Stage 1 was basically about logging the students on - basically, they all accessed Edmodo, introduced themselves and then briefly commented on their perceptions of the other culture, which was interesting in and of itself.
Phase Two requires students to identify a particular topic (global issues, travel, food and celebration, sports, school and community, language) that he or she is interested in and then work with students in the other country to prepare a project on that topic - be it a podcast, a film, a slideshow, a prezi or something else.
We have great hopes for this project, but there have been a few issues: the time difference is a challenge - students don't get immediate replies, which can cause the project to lose momentum. Secondly, it's quite difficult organising such a project, when you consider you don't actually ever get to speak to the 'class' as a whole. Edmodo, on the other hand, has been an excellent tool for this kind of thing, allowing us to create a semblance of class time.
Has anyone else here engaged in this kind of project? What did you find useful or challenging?